Spring 2021 – Graduation Issue

elcome to the Spring 2021 Issue of Global Voices, William & Mary’s Modern Languages & Literatures newsletter. While this past academic year has been like no other, we can now look forward to returning to “normal” in the fall. Graduation ceremonies with the conferral of degrees were held in a slighlty modified format but in person this spring; departmental celebrations of our majors and minors took place in the by now very familiar Zoom space on Friday, May 21. Nothing can replace the excitement of meeting our graduates and their families in person on campus; however, we again marvelled at the opportunities offered by a remote event which so many more friends and relatives could attend than would ever come to campus. Vgraduates2021isit our presentation of the MLL Class of 2021, and read up on our graduates’ profiles by clicking on the photographs!




Classes this spring were held in a mix of in-person and remote modes; most of our co-curricular events remained in Zoom for logistical reasons. Below we present you with news on guest lectures, workshop series, our annual Undergraduate Research Showcases, and special achievements by our students. We welcomed Prof. Emily Wilcox (Chinese Studies), congratulated Prof. Elena Prokhorova (Russian Studies) on her promotion, and celebrated the awards won by MLL faculty and students. Click on the story links below to discover anew the diversity that characterizes the Modern Languages and Literatures Department!




In these times of financial uncertainty for many of our students, your gifts have an even greater impact than usual. As soon as we return to campus, and as our many study abroad programs resume (hopefully this fall already!), it will be your contribution that makes a difference in a student’s life. Consider giving to the department, or to one of our language programs:

With best wishes for your health and well-being,


Jennifer Gülly
Senior Lecturer of German Studies
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